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The Real America in Romance, Volume 6; a Century Too Soon (A Story   By: (1849-1901)

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VOLUME 6; A CENTURY TOO SOON (A STORY OF BACON'S REBELLION)

THE REAL AMERICA IN ROMANCE, VOLUME VI, A CENTURY TOO SOON

The Age of Tyranny

By

JOHN R. MUSICK

ILLUSTRATIONS BY

FREELAND A. CARTER

1909

To

MY WIFE,

WHO SHARES MY JOYS AND SORROWS, TOILS AND CARES,

THIS BOOK

IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

BY

THE AUTHOR

PREFACE.

Historians have bestowed little attention to that important period in our great commonwealth, just after the restoration in England. Though one hundred years before liberty was actually obtained, the sleeping goddess seemed to have opened her eyes on that occasion and yawned, though she closed them the next moment for a sleep of a century longer. Events produce such strange and lasting impressions on individuals as well as on nations, that the historian may not be much out of the way, who fancies that he sees in the reign of Cromwell the outgrowth of republicanism, which culminated in the establishment of a free and independent English speaking people on the American continent. The two principal classes of English colonists were the cavaliers and the Puritans, though there were also Quakers, Catholics, and settlers of other creeds. Generally the cavaliers were the "king's men," or royalists, and the Puritans republicans. The different characteristics of these two sects were quite marked. The Puritans were sober and industrious, quiet, fanatically religious and strict, while the cavaliers were polite, gallant, brave, good livers and quite fond of display. They were nearly all of the Church of England, with rather loose morals, fond of fox hunting and gay society. During the time of the Commonwealth of England, the Puritans were in power, and the king's people, cavaliers, or royalists were reinstated on the restoration of monarchy in 1660.

Sir William Berkeley, a bigoted churchman, a lover of royalty, and one who despised, republicanism and personal liberty so heartily that he could "thank God that there were neither printing presses nor public schools in Virginia," was appointed by Charles II. governor of Virginia. Berkeley, whose early career was bright with promise, seems in his old age to have become filled with hatred and avarice. He was too stubborn to listen to the counsel even of friends. Being engaged in a profitable traffic with the Indians, he preferred to let them slaughter the people on the frontier, rather than to allow his business to be interfered with. Berkeley's tyranny was carried to such an extreme, that rebellion was the natural consequence. Rebellion always follows some injury or misplaced confidence in the powers of the government. This rebellion came a "century too soon," being just one hundred years before the great revolution, which set at liberty all the colonies of North America.

In this story we take up John Stevens and his son Robert, the son and grandson of Philip Stevens, whose story was told in "Pocahontas." The object has been to give a complete history of the period and to depict home life, manners and customs of the time in the form of a pleasing story. It remains for the reader to say if the effort has been a success.

JOHN R. MUSICK.

KIRKSVILLE, MO., August 1st, 1892.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. THE DUCKING STOOL CHAPTER II. SEEKING BETTER FORTUNE CHAPTER III. THE COLONIES OF THE NEW WORLD CHAPTER IV. THE STORM AND SHIPWRECK CHAPTER V. JOHN STEVENS' CHARGE CHAPTER VI. THE ISLAND OF DESOLATION CHAPTER VII. IN WIDOW'S WEEDS CHAPTER VIII. THE STEPFATHER CHAPTER IX. THE MOVING WORLD CHAPTER X. THE FUGITIVE AND HIS CHILD CHAPTER XI. TYRANNY AND FLIGHT CHAPTER XII. THE DAUGHTER OF A REGICIDE CHAPTER XIII. LEFT ALONE CHAPTER XIV. THE TREASURE SHIP CHAPTER XV. THE ANGEL OF DELIVERANCE CHAPTER XVI. KING PHILIP'S WAR CHAPTER XVII. NEARING THE VERGE CHAPTER XVIII. THE SWORD OF DEFENCE CHAPTER XIX. THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER CHAPTER XX. BACON A REBEL CHAPTER XXI. BURNING OF JAMESTOWN CHAPTER XXII... Continue reading book >>




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